News from around the Barbican

Female oriented sex shop’s book reading session with Rosie Wilby

Sh!, a local sex shop, aimed at a more sexually adventurous female clientele, that plays host to a plethora of sex classes and discussions, will soon be inviting guests to join them in a book reading session and group talk with the multi-faceted Rosie Wilby, who has just released her debut book. Sh! encourages women and couples to engage in open discussions about sex and the wide range of topics that surround it. This class, which is set to take place on Friday 18th May, will be no exception and participants will have the chance to quiz Rosie Wilby, an icon in the lesbian community, … [Read more...]

The Great Garden Fête in the heart of the City

The historic Inner Temple Garden will be bringing a flavour of the countryside to the Embankment with ‘The Great Garden Fête’ on Sunday 20 May 2018. As part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival this free event will open the gates of a classic English garden, based in the heart of the legal quarter of the City of London, bringing a day of merriment for all whilst also helping to raise funds for Mental Health Awareness Week. Alongside visitors taking part in traditional games such as sack races and the ‘trowel and potato’ race, there will be sheep and miniature donkeys from Spitalfields City … [Read more...]

Cityread London, 1st – 31st May 2018

Lifted from Barbicantalk.com but of interest to all residents Cityread London is an annual celebration of literature that brings reading to life for the whole capital in a massive book group. Each spring, Cityread invites London’s citizens, workers and visitors to pick up a book – the same book – and read it together. Taking the chosen novel as a starting point, a month-long programme of book groups, author talks, workshops and other events takes place across London’s libraries, bookshops, museums and other venues. This year’s book is ‘The Muse’ by Jessie Burton, … [Read more...]

Love, Betrayal, Death (in Italian Opera)

A Concert at St Giles' Cripplegate on Saturday April 28th starting at 5:45 pm. GS Wines and partners will present a concert of music, including arias, from some of the best loved Italian operas such as The Barber of Seville, La Traviata, La Boheme, Rigoletto and L'Elisir d'Amore, written by the finest composers of Italian opera including Donizetti, Rossini, Puccini and Verdi. Our accomplished singers, Yuri Sabatini (Tenor), Luciana di Bella (Soprano) and Monique Loricchio Klongtruadroke (Soprano) will delight you with their glorious voices and superb technique as they perform songs … [Read more...]

Luxurious club/hotel offers nonmember weekend fine dining

Traditionally, City folk have had to cross London to enjoy the luxury of their favoured Mayfair and St James’ haunts.  However recently a number of opulent, and expensive, private members clubs have opened in the City.  Perhaps the three most prominent also offer rooms/hotel accommodation such as the Ned Hotel across from the Bank of England, covered in the pages of Barbican Life last Summer, and the Four Seasons at 10 Trinity Square – both these could probably be classified as high end hotels, but offering members’ club facilities as well, And now there is the Devonshire Club with all the … [Read more...]

Love, Betrayal, Death (in Italian Opera) Concert 28th April

Love, Betrayal, Death (in Italian Opera) Concert at St Giles' Cripplegate on Saturday April 28th starting at 5:45 pm GS Wines and partners will present a concert of  music, including arias, from some of the best loved Italian operas such as The Barber of Seville, La Traviata, La Boheme, Rigoletto and L'Elisir d'Amore, written by the finest composers of Italian opera including Donizetti, Rossini, Puccini and Verdi. Our accomplished singers, Yuri Sabatini (Tenor), Luciana di Bella (Soprano) and Monique Loricchio Klongtruadroke (Soprano) will delight you with their glorious voices and superb … [Read more...]

Dragon Cafe in the City 22nd March

Celebrate Dragon Cafe in the City in Shoe Lane Library. Since its launch last month, Dragon Cafe in the City has been offering a fantastic open and free space to those working and living in the Square Mile who want to protect their mental wellbeing and boost their resilience. It is a collaborative pilot project between Barbican and Communities Libraries, Wellcome Trust and Carnegie UK ‘Engaging Libraries’ fund, Mental Fight Club, Output Arts, the City of London Corporation and Business Healthy. There is a full programme of activities all day and you are also invited to join in the … [Read more...]

Moments in Time

Recent photographic work by members of City of London & Cripplegate Photographic Society will be on show in the Barbican Library Foyer  - 02 March -26 March. It includes images from final stage of the Society’s project to photograph the Livery Halls in the City of London. The show reflects members’ wide-ranging photographic interests –from landscape, architecture and portraiture to urban and travel photography. … [Read more...]

Oxford Street Christmas lights competition

For the first time in history, Oxford Street will be launching a global call for the redesign of its world famous Christmas lights. The launch of Oxford Street’s first Christmas lights over fifty years ago was a revolutionary event.   Oxford Street is now synonymous with Christmas, with many visitors making the trip to the capital so they can glimpse the famous lights while enjoying shopping and leisure time. In 2018, Oxford Street will once again use the power of light to capture the world’s imagination, by encouraging local and international designers to submit their work for the … [Read more...]

Barbican Dance Performance Opportunity

Want to learn a new skill and perform at the Barbican? Whether you’ve danced all your life or are a complete beginner, this performance commissioned and presented by the Barbican could be for you! MovE17 is looking for people who live and work in the Barbican area to perform iconic dance work, Rosas danst Rosas by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker (as referenced in Beyoncé’s Countdown video) at a special event taking place at the Barbican on 17 & 18 March 2018. This will be your chance to learn a new skill, meet local residents and do something fun and creative whilst keeping fit. This … [Read more...]